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February 9-12, 2015

Global equity and security

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei was Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1997 to 2009 who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 "for his efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way". He had been an IAEA staff member from 1984, holding a number of high-level legal and policy positions, including that of Legal Adviser and subsequently Assistant Director General for External Relations.

Dr. ElBaradei was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1942, son of the late Mostafa ElBaradei, a lawyer and former President of the Egyptian Bar Association. He gained a Bachelor's degree in Law in 1962 at the University of Cairo and a Doctorate in International Law at New York University School of Law in 1974.

He began his career in the Egyptian Diplomatic Service in 1964, serving in the Permanent Missions of Egypt to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, in charge of political, legal and arms control issues. During his career Dr. ElBaradei participated in the policy and legal activities of many international and regional organizations including the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council, the Conference on Disarmament, the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, the Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, the Organization of African Unity and the League of Arab States. From 1974 to 1978 Dr. ElBaradei was a special assistant and legal advisor to the Foreign Minister of Egypt, in which capacity he took part in various presidential and ministerial delegations.

In 1980 he left the Diplomatic Service to join the United Nations. From 1980 to 1984 he became a senior fellow in charge of the International Law Program at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. From 1981 to 1987 he was also an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the New York University School of Law.

During his career as diplomat, international civil servant and scholar Dr. ElBaradei has become closely familiar with the work and processes of international organizations, particularly in the fields of international law, global peace and security and international development. He has lectured around the world in the fields of international law, international organizations, global security, arms control and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and is the author of various books and articles on these subjects. He belongs to a number of professional associations including the International Law Association and the American Society of International Law.

In October 2005 Dr. ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In its citation, the Norwegian Nobel Committee referred to the IAEA's work as being of "incalculable importance" and referred to Dr. ElBaradei as an "unafraid advocate" of new measures to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

In December 2009 Dr. ElBaradei has been appointed Director General Emeritus of the IAEA. He is an adjunct professor of Law at Cairo University School of Law and has been a board member of many foundations, associations and universities including Transparency International, the International Crisis Group, the Coalition of Dialogue on Africa, the Global Economic Symposium, the American University in Cairo and the United Nations High Level Commission on HIV Prevention.

Dr. ElBaradei has received multiple other awards for his work as a public servant and as an advocate of tolerance, humanity and freedom and is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from 15 major universities worldwide.

He is married to Aida ElKashef, an early childhood teacher. They have a daughter, Laila, a lawyer, married to Neil Pizey, an investment banker - who live in London - and a son, Mostafa, an IT manager, who lives in Istanbul. They have two granddaughters: Maya and Nina.


Monday, February 9, 2015

10:00 Dialogue with high school students at the International School of Bangkok in Bangkok (Thailand)
(not a public event)

12:00 Dialogue with high school students at NIST International School in Bangkok (Thailand)
(not a public event)

19:00 Public dialogue at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand in Bangkok (Thailand)
Information and seat reservation:
phone (02) 652-0580-1, fax (02) 652-0582, email

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

19:30 Public keynote speech and dialogue at the National University of Singapore in Singapore
Information and free seat reservation:
phone 6516-3260, fax 6778-5281, email

Thursday, February 12, 2015

10:00 Dialogue with high school students at the Australian International School in Singapore
(not a public event)